Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.31
Liaison Vusal Karimli
Submission Date June 1, 2022

STARS v2.2

Western Caspian University
EN-3: Student Life

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00
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Does the institution have an active student group focused on sustainability?:
Yes

Name and a brief description of the active student groups focused on sustainability:

Sustainability-related student organizations include:
Students for Sustainable Action: The purpose of Eco Club is to encourage all students to participate in campus-wide sustainability efforts by providing a student-centered environment for discussion and collaboration. By bringing different student organizations together to collaborate, divide, and conquer on projects, we can achieve the common goal of advancing sustainability at WCU.
Tourism Club-The Tourism Club serves as a social vehicle for students interested in travel & tourism. Our Club provides a solid foundation for students to connect with their environment. The Club is open to all WCU students.

https://wcu.edu.az/en/activities


Does the institution have a garden, farm, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery program, or an urban agriculture project where students are able to gain experience in organic agriculture and sustainable food systems?:
Yes

A brief description of the gardens, farms, community supported agriculture (CSA) or fishery programs, and/or urban agriculture projects:

Students gardening in Subsidiary Farming and Experimental Gardening and Landscape grounds at our Human Development Centre.


Does the institution have a student-run enterprise that includes sustainability as part of its mission statement or stated purpose?:
Yes

A brief description of the student-run enterprises:

In Eco club we strive to expand our knowledge of the natural environment and boost our ability to communicate environmental knowledge. Students are involved in the organization of events along with their supervisors from their faculty. More: https://wcu.edu.az/en/activities/bio


Does the institution have a sustainable investment fund, green revolving fund, or sustainable microfinance initiative through which students can develop socially, environmentally and fiscally responsible investment and financial skills?:
No

A brief description of the sustainable investment funds, green revolving funds or sustainable microfinance initiatives:

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Has the institution hosted a conference, speaker series, symposium, or similar event focused on sustainability during the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the conferences, speaker series, symposia, or similar events focused on sustainability:

The forum will focus on the role of universities in achieving the goal of Quality Education, one of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in quality education, and explore the following objectives:

- Commitment of universities to improve access to education

- Creation of inclusive education models

- To acquire lifelong learning habits

- A new period for short-term courses and certificates

- Will education be based on experience in the future?

- The role of partnership in achieving the goal of quality education.

https://wcu.edu.az/en/news/tehsilin-transformasiyasi-movzusunda-beynelxalq-foruma-gun-q


Has the institution hosted a cultural arts event, installation, or performance focused on sustainability with the previous three years that had students as the intended audience?:
Yes

A brief description of the cultural arts events, installations, or performances focused on sustainability:

Western Caspian University has been elected a member of the Romualdo Del Bianco® Foundation and the Life Beyond Tourism Movement.

The movement is spearheaded by the Romualdo Del Bianco® Foundation to promote intercultural dialogue using tangible and intangible cultural heritage and the recognition of cultural diversity.

It should be noted that the network has more than 12,000 members in 147 countries.
https://wcu.edu.az/en/news/qerbi-kaspi-universiteti-beynelxalq-shebekeye-uzv-sechildi


Does the institution have a wilderness or outdoors program that follow Leave No Trace principles?:
No

A brief description of the wilderness or outdoors programs that follow Leave No Trace principles:

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Has the institution had a sustainability-focused theme chosen for a themed semester, year, or first-year experience during the previous three years?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused themes chosen for themed semesters, years, or first-year experiences:
Does the institution have a program through which students can learn sustainable life skills?:
Yes

A brief description of the programs through which students can learn sustainable life skills:

University offers " Specialization Courses" for those who want to learn new knowledge and skills, achieve career development and specialize in various fields through qualitative education. Our courses are intended for people of different ages and educational levels. The courses will be conducted by professional instructor in the field. Courses will be taught online or in-class, depending on the curriculum. Students who successfully complete the course are awarded with certificate by the Western Caspian University.

https://wcu.edu.az/en/page/courses


Does the institution offer sustainability-focused student employment opportunities?:
Yes

A brief description of the sustainability-focused student employment opportunities offered by the institution:

Plans to implement a sustainability-themed living - learning community on a floor of Guba, one of WCU's Human Development Institutes Conference Room, were on track to be implemented in the Fall of 2020, but were postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown of campus that extended through the summer of 2022. Though the community has not been established as planned in Academic Year 2022-23, Dining and Resident Services hopes to initiate the program in the Fall of 2022.


Does the institution have a graduation pledge through which students pledge to consider social and environmental responsibility in future job and other decisions?:
Yes

A brief description of the graduation pledge(s):

Through survey twice a year


A brief description of other co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives that do not fall into one of the above categories:
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Additional documentation to support the submission:
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